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NBA: All-time greatest scorers by position 

Dan Johnson
Modified 20 Dec 2019, 20:10 IST

Michael Jordan won ten scoring titles in the NBA
Michael Jordan won ten scoring titles in the NBA

If the Golden State Warriors have shown anything, it's that defence may be important in winning championships, but the ability to put the ball into the basket makes all the difference between winners and losers.

As much as players like Dikembe Mutombo and Dennis Rodman have earned their places in basketball history, it is the scorers like Allen Iverson and Kobe Bryant that find themselves with greater legacies and on the minds (and feet) of most fans.

From the cool scorers of the 1970s like George Gervin and David Thompson to the high flyes of the 1980s like Dominque Wilkins and Julius Erving, the scorers of the NBA are the rockstars of the sport.

Going position by position, from the point guard to the centre, here are the greatest scorers in basketball history.

PG: Stephen Curry

Washington Wizards v Golden State Warriors
Washington Wizards v Golden State Warriors

The modern NBA game has been moulded by this short, skinny guard who went to the fifth most recognised basketball school in his home state. Bursting onto the world as the sharpshooting point guard from Davidson, Curry's mastery of the three-point shot have created a dynasty with the Golden State Warriors and has made the game he played more three-point crazy than a student rec centre.

Curry's stature and overall efficiency when it comes with scoring the basketball are unprecedented in the game's long history, as illustrated here.

Curry remains the only player in NBA history with at least 400 made three-pointers in a season, holds the gold, silver and bronze medals for most threes in a season, and has already earned the title as the greatest shooter the game has ever seen. The Minnesota Timberwolves, who selected two different point guards ahead of Curry, are still kicking themselves and will be for a long time.

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